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Story Elements Bookmarks

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Story Elements Bookmarks

Finding new and exciting ways to keep our kids engaged during guided reading can be a challenge. Doing the same things day in and day out can be exhausting and, let's face it, boring. I loved switching things up by using these story elements and genres bookmarks. They are easy to use and the kids loved them! WHAT ARE THEY? Now you might be asking yourself what makes these bookmarks so special. Not only are they print and go (which saves your sanity), they are also a great springboard to get your students to dive back into the text.  There...

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Text-Dependent Question Stems

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Text-Dependent Question Stems

For something that's pretty cool, it's sure a mouthful to say. ;) I first heard about these a few years ago when close reading was starting to become a thing. My fabulous Literacy Specialist was helping me wrap my brain around how to do close readings and she brought me a fabulous resource by Jackson Consulting that had pages of text-dependent questions. They were ways to get students back into the text in small, user-friendly chunks. Fast forward a couple months to when I was training teachers at Utah's Core Academy. I brought out these resource for the teachers to see....

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Compare and Contrast

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Compare and Contrast

Compare and contrast is, in my opinion, one of the easier text structures for kids to work with. If they get good practice early on, it becomes easier and easier for students to look for similarities and differences. Students should first learn what these two words mean. I am a very visual person and like to have posters/printables/displays for my students to look at. I made these simple posters to hang in my room so they could refer back to them as needed. These posters really helped my students with remembering what each word meant. I also taught my kiddos...

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Close Reading Part 6: Text Structure

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Close Reading Part 6: Text Structure

Text structure refers to the organization of ideas in a text.  As authors write a text to communicate an idea, they will use a structure that goes along with the idea (Meyer 1985). Text structure is a big part of close reading. Students need to recognize why the author has set up a text the way they did and what the purpose of that text structure is. I always knew that text structures were important but I never knew exactly how powerful they could be. I found a couple of quotes by Ray Reutzel (who is kinda  a guru on...

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Close Reading Part 5: Text Features

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Close Reading Part 5: Text Features

Next up on this fantastic journey known as close reading is that of text features. Click on the picture for a text features freebie! Text features are important to notice, point out, and discuss during close reads (and reading in general). They helps up to identify important information as well as the big ideas that the author is focusing on. Text features are great for helping our kiddos pay attention to the important details. I really like discussing text features because, if done right, they can make information more accessible and easier to understand than just straight content. What exactly is...

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